First National's Tennant joins Cornerstone Bank

Thursday, July 12, 2012

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Cornerstone Bank has named Jason Tennant, formerly executive vice president of First National Bank of North Arkansas, as its new executive vice president and chief lending officer, Cornerstone President and CEO Charles T. Cross announced on Monday.

Based out of the bank's Financial Center location in Eureka Springs, Tennant will, in addition to his role as chief lending officer, oversee the Carroll County-based institution's banking operations across all branches and departments in each of the markets it serves. He has also been appointed to the bank's Berryville advisory board of directors.

Tennant has more than 27 years of banking experience. He most recently served as executive vice president and chief lending officer for First National Bank of North Arkansas in Berryville and prior to his tenure there was president of Arvest bank in Berryville for five years.

Tennant earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Arkansas Tech University in 1985 and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU.

He also attended the National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma at Norman. In addition, he serves on numerous boards and committees throughout Carroll County.

"We are thrilled to have Jason's affiliation with our company," said Cross. "His experience within the industry and the markets we currently serve will be most beneficial as we continue with the tremendous growth and success our bank has experienced during the past many years. I trust that success will only be enhanced under his leadership. He will no doubt be a fantastic ambassador for Cornerstone Bank moving forward."

Cornerstone Bank, a $150 million, 100-year-old bank, is the only locally owned and operated financial institution in Eureka Springs and has a total of four Carroll County locations in Eureka Springs, Holiday Island and Berryville.

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